Multiple parodies hit Anthony Brown over “Frederickstown” gaffe


Last night, I noted Anthony Brown’s debate gaffe of referring to Frederick mistakenly as Frederickstown.

I also noted this parody set to the tune of Billy Joel’s Allentown:

Walter Olson wrote a parody as well:

[can be sung to “Nottamun Town,” made famous by Jean Ritchie, or other tunes. By Walter Olson]


Come all you good people and now gather round,
I’ll sing you the story of Anthony Brown;
Who wandered thro’ Mar’land, up hills and down,
Saying show me the way to fair Fred-er-ickstown.

“For eight years in office I’ve just hung around,
Except for that website I ran to the ground,
But Emperor O’Malley has willed me his crown,
So show me the way to fair Frederickstown.”

“Oh Tony, oh Tony, please pencil this down,
There’s a city called Frederick, of famous renown,
The state’s second largest, with green hills all round,
But there is no city called Frederickstown.”

“Do not contradict me,” Tony said with a frown,
These eight years I’ve traveled this whole state around,
Eastminster, St. Gary’s, and Salisboro town,
From Hagersville-Port to the Chesapeake Sound.”

We wanted a governor with feet on the ground,
We chose Larry Hogan, our taxes came down,
If out on the byways you should meet Mr. Brown,
He’s still out there looking for Frederickstown.

Did a “stream of people” really leave Obama-Brown event early?

U.S. President Obama waves as he arrives for a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown at a High School in Upper Marlboro

Reports by Politico and Reuters indicated that people started leaving an event today for Anthony Brown as soon as President Barack Obama started speaking. A Maryland Democratic Party official pushed back and said the people leaving were in an overflow room and attacked Politico and Reuters over the report (via Twitter.) Facts from the original tweets by the reporter from Reuters and pushback against the MD Dem official by the Politico reporter seemingly proves that the Democrats are just trying to spin their way out of a negative story.

Jeff Mason of Reuters filed a story earlier today about an appearance on behalf of Lt. Governor (and candidate for Governor) Anthony Brown by President Obama in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. From his story:

President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.


Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.

“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said.

A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.

After that story appeared, it was getting a lot of play on Twitter. Yahoo ran the Reuters story too and it resulted in Yvette Lewis of the Maryland Democratic Party telling Yahoo they had it wrong via Twitter:


Todd Eberly continued to discuss this with Lewis and Lewis said she was in the gym “up top” and that Obama and Brown had both been in the overflow room first. Lewis also claimed there was no audio in that room so people left.

Here’s what the Baltimore Sun had to say:

A steady stream of people, meanwhile, left the event shortly after the president began speaking. It was not clear whether they were escaping the gym’s heat — at least one person was carried out by stretcher — or for some other reason. Many carried signs and wore T-shirts for Brown, and many had waited hours to attend.

Politico reported the following:

This is Obama country — Barack Obama Elementary School is just down the road, and close to 90 percent of votes cast here in the 2012 presidential election were for him, the best he did in any county in the state. The crowd was energetic in waiting for the president and in welcoming him to the stage, but once the president started speaking, the crowd began streaming out, a few at first, but then by the dozen once Obama was about 10 minutes into his talk. Still, the vast majority of the large crowd stayed for the full event.

WBAL Radio provided excerpts from Epstein’s pool report:

Remarks are open press, but one unusual thing that fellow veterans of campaign rallies confirm: some in the crowd started leaving as soon as Obama started speaking and by the time he was about 10 minutes in, there was a traffic jam next to the pool’s tables as folks tried to exit the gym.

Yvette Lewis told Politico via Twitter that their report was a “lie” and referred to their “crappy reporting.”



Here’s what Jennifer Epstein, author of the Politico story, had to say about the claims by Lewis:





Here’s what Jeff Mason of Reuters tweeted when the event was actually going on:



So, according to the tweets as it happened by Jeff Mason and the pushback by Jennifer Epstein of Politico, Yvette Lewis and the Maryland Democrats appear to just be furiously spinning to try to counter the story that people were leaving during an Obama speech. I know who I’d believe on  that one.


Here’s what Professor Todd Eberly had to say:


Anthony Brown’s Gaffe: Refers to “Frederickstown” not Frederick


In Saturday’s gubernatorial debate, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown contributed to the perception that he’s out of touch, especially when it comes to the western part of Maryland.

Near the end of the 10/18 debate, Brown was talking about his travels around the state and recited a number of cities, including “Frederickstown.”

As a response, the campaign of Larry Hogan changed the name of their Frederick page on Facebook to Frederickstown for Hogan-Rutherford.

The complete debate video is below (go to the 53:34 mark for Brown’s embarassing gaffe):

Here’s a quick transcript of the Brown gaffe in question:

When I travel around the state of Maryland… whether I’m in Oakland… whether I’m in Cumberland… whether I’m in Frostsburg, Hagerstown, Frederickstown, families want the same thing….

A parody has already popped up, set to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Allentown”:

GOP candidate compares Maryland economy to Ebola

William Campbell, Republican candidate for Maryland Comptroller made the following tweet just after midnight Wednesday night:


Here’s the text of the tweet:

MD has economic ebola! It’s hemorrhaging jobs in epidemic proportions. Bechtel moving 1,000 good paying jobs to VA. Stop the virus vote GOP.

Campbell faces the Democrat incumbent, Peter Franchot, in the November 4 election.

Endorsing a Candidate for Maryland’s Attorney General


I’m not a huge fan of making endorsements and I’ve never done one on this site before, except a tongue-in-cheek one that I later withdrew. I would only make endorsements in races I actually have the ability to vote on as well. The utility of me making an endorsement in a general election race would be limited since I’m a conservative, and most people would expect me to support Republicans generally. I chose to make this endorsement since I’m voting for a candidate who is not a Republican.

I am voting for Leo Dymowski, the Libertarian candidate, for Attorney General of Maryland. Dymowski is an Army veteran who worked his way through law school and grad school. He has worked in private practice and for both city and state government. He is also the most qualified candidate running in my opinion. I don’t agree with him on every issue, but then again I can hardly ever say that about any candidate.

I’ve noted numerous times that pro-life issues and 2nd Amendment issues are important to me, even when they don’t seem to be for many politicians in Maryland unless it’s convenient. There are exceptions to that, but finding statewide candidates who will even talk about pro-life issues or the 2nd amendment during a primary can be tough (forget about a general election.)

Dymowski has more than platitudes on his campaign website and he takes on tough issues, including the drug war, the 2nd amendment (“citizen disarmament” in his words), and speed cameras. Additionally, I discussed abortion and pro-life issues with him and was impressed with both his knowledge of the issues and his positions, even if I don’t agree with him 100%. I discussed pro-life libertarians, including Libertarians for life, before on this site and Dymowski discussed the fact that the LP includes pro-lifers when I discussed the issues with him.

To sum up Dymowski’s positions on these issues:

  • he has always fought partial birth abortions, late term abortions, and public funding
  • he supports parental notification and free speech rights at abortion clinics by pro-life groups
  • he also opposes abortions past viability or fetal pain
  • he does oppose government intervention in the first trimester

While this doesn’t line up completely with my opposition to abortion in all cases, these positions might make Dymowski the most openly pro-life candidate running for statewide office in Maryland from any party. Considering there is a statewide Republican running who says he wouldn’t change Maryland law or “curb women’s reproductive rights”, it’s refreshing to see a candidate (a Libertarian no less) who fully understands the different issues involved (it’s not just about Roe v. Wade) and takes a clear stance on them.

I am still a registered Republican and will remain one for now. I am just choosing to vote for the Libertarian candidate for this one office this year. Realistically, the deck for this race is stacked in favor of the gun-grabbing Democrat but I wanted to note who I find the best candidate to be for the record.

You can find the campaign of Leo Dymowski online at and you can also make a donation. I understand he is going to be on the air with radio ads very soon and he also has a YouTube channel where he talks about the issues.